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 on: July 17, 2017 05:34:19 PM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by yofi
Beautiful ring pillow ZombieLili, and I love the Pokeman bags!  You really do have to catch 'em all...

Here's some of the things I've finished since I last posted.  I've been working a lot of hours, and spending a lot of time with my folks - but there's always time for crafting, right?

8. Heart shaped sachets
I had a bumper crop of lavender this year and a lot of sock yarn lying around so Ive made an ongoing project out of knitting little lavender stuffed heart sachets.

 I found this lovely little pattern on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/love-you-forever) and I found I can finish a heart in about an hour and a half of TV time.  I wanted to get a picture of the some two dozen Ive made so far this year but Ive been giving them away almost fast as I make them!

9. Tea blends

I didnt get a picture of this, but when a tea-loving friend was in the dumps, I made her a set of five different tea blends, each in their own little dime-store tins.  I used commercial teas as the base, then added my own herbs or spices, some of which Id grown myself.  It was a simple gift, but much appreciated.

10. Nutella bread

Ive been doing a lot of baking these days, and was particularly pleased with how this braided chocolate bread turned out.  Had one at home, took one to work, and one to my friend the carpenter none of them lasted very long!

11. Upward Spiral cowl
Another Ive got a huge skein of yarn I probably wont use for anything else project.  Simple spiral of alternating knit and purl blocks.  It turned out much nicer than I expected, altho knitting it seemed interminable.

12. Pi Day pies
I work with a lot of proudly self-proclaimed nerds, so its not surprising we go all out for Pi(e) Day March 14.  (My boss bought pizza, too!)

Fluffernutter pie, and lemon curd tarts with blackberries.  Yum..

13. Reeses cup Cake

The chocolate peanut butter combo was so popular with my boss I used that for his birthday cake. 

Chocolate cake, with sweetened, whipped peanut butter frosting, and little mini Reese cup decorations.
This was almost too rich for our crew.

14. Tealight cozy

A woman on a knitting forum is getting married in October, and fell in love with the idea of glittering tealights on each table, shining thru a lace cover.  No one is crazy enough to knit 40 tea light cozies, but when you put the call out to your friends

I made two for her and one for myself, and if I never use #1 needles again it will be too soon!

I also started off the summer baking season with a Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble, with rhubarb from my front yard, but the picture I took was pretty atrocious.

More to post another day - now to catch up on what all you have been doing!

 on: July 17, 2017 03:27:55 PM 
Started by craftADDchick - Last post by Eamea
Check out this abundant selection that quaggy sent.  Thank you so much!

 on: July 17, 2017 03:07:15 PM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by Eamea
My uncle has a place just south of Dallas, and that's where we stayed on the way to Austin.  Clara got to meet a lot of critters there, including Belgian horses.  I had to step away, because they thought I was giving them a snack.  Shocked

The scenery there is so different than what we have in Missouri.  Definitely no cacti or palm trees here!

She wanted to go on a ride along but settled for just taking her picture with this officer (she's up by the light bar).

 on: July 17, 2017 03:01:29 PM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by Eamea
Whatthepuck, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty.  Saying goodbye to a family member is just the worst.  Sad

We have been having adventures (along with a few misadventures), but I have been so lax about posting.  I'm sorry, PFD!

Here's Clara under the arch.  She is lucky that she's young and selfies taken under the chin aren't a bad thing.

The Mississippi was still up, so Clara couldn't get on the cobblestones at the river ( I did find some for her on higher ground later).  She's on the riverfront with the Eads Bridge behind her.

Does anyone else remember these?  I used to get these as a kid and noticed they were available again.  So bad yet so good!

On the way to Austin we passed through Dallas.

 on: July 17, 2017 01:29:55 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by pottermouth
My daughter received her generous package from Mistress Jennie and was thrilled with all of the goodies! Jennie kindly gave me permission to use her pictures since the box was mailed to Hallie instead of to me, and here they are:

First up is Sorcerer's Stone soap. How cool is that? My daughter said it smells wonderful!

Then there was a gorgeous dreamcatcher inspired by Fawkes. Hallie has on more than one occasion tried to filch the dreamcatcher that Jennie made me, so now she can keep her paws off mine.

In addition, Jennie made not one, but THREE! perfectly Burrow-esque pillows. Three! An amazing Scrappy Mandala pillow:

A Granny Square pillow:

And lastly, a Rainbow Granny Stripe pillow with a striped back!

Hallie is incredibly lucky that the package went to her place instead of mine because she would be out two pillows and some soap.  Cheesy She says to thank you for the wonderful items and that they have livened up her room. Wonder if I can stuff that rainbow pillow in my bag next time I visit her...

Thank you so much, Jennie. You are the best!  Kiss

 on: July 17, 2017 01:29:38 PM 
Started by coycasket - Last post by Mistress Jennie
I received the most lovely package from kittykill on Saturday....  approximately 8 minutes before my in-laws showed up to visit.  I managed to open my box of goodies, and delight in each one, but didn't get a chance to take pictures with a house full of people.  Now dear edelC is on her way to visit me, and I have just about 45 minutes to get pics of kittykill's amazing package up before I'm entertaining again.  So, without further ado, let's see the awesomeness....

I'm not sure how to explain to you all, just how very ME this piece is.  Everything about it is Jennie, from the cuteness of the bow, to the font style, and the sweetness of the teacup.  (I have a tattoo of a teacup on the inside of my wrist.  Seriously.  Tea is very important.)

And then came this amazing piece, inspired by McConnall's words about Elizabeth Warren.  I love the image kittykill used with the text, it's a bird eating out of a hand, surrounded by flowers.  I wish I could have gotten a better shot of it, because the stitch work is just so beautifully done. 

And if two fantastic hooplas weren't enough, she made a third!  My husband and I are trying to conceive, and we've had a hard time.  We managed to get pregnant, but the pregnancy turned out to be ectopic.  I had emergency surgery to save my life, but in doing so the surgeon had to remove one of my fallopian tubes, which was apparently damaged by scar tissue when my appendix was removed a few years ago.  Losing that tube has made trying to conceive over the age of 35 even harder.  kittykill created this hoop with the horseshoe hanging the feminine way (according to some cultures), so that the love and luck pour onto you.  She added an eye to protect us from evil and a rose for love.  I've hung it in my art studio over the door, since I spend nearly all day in there, I cross that threshold more than any other in the house.  Hopefully I'll be good and doused in luck whenever I come into work, or leave to make a cup of tea.

Next were goodies!  A Wonder Woman mug and pin, and some calm chamomile tea too soothe my nerves when the man is getting me down.  I've been meaning to get a large embroidery hoop to fill with fabric and display my favorite pins and badges on, and this will be what get's me off my butt to actually do it.  Because clearly I need to see my WW pin every day. 

And some scented goodies too.  Some awesome lavender and lemon, rosemary & lavender soaps, and some Harry Potter melting waxes.  And yes, that is in fact a Mad Eye Moody wax, with a giant googly eye in it!

And since I had a few extra minutes before my guests get here, I managed to hang my hoops, and snag a few pics.  Here they are in my studio!  Hopefully they are the start of a gallery wall of awesomeness. 

kittykill, thank you so very much for all the beauty, the luck, and the love that you've sent to me.  I will treasure all my new pretties, and I know they will make me smile every time I come to my studio to work.   Kiss Kiss Kiss xoxoxox 

 on: July 17, 2017 01:16:28 PM 
Started by Patraw - Last post by Patraw
Thanks everybody!

@pottermouth:  I did intentionally design the wings so that they were removable just so I could make that Rainbow Dash photo comic strip, but, once that was finished, I glued them back into place permanently so they won't get lost.  And Rainbow Dash says proportions don't mean jack to her--everypony knows that slices of bread will magically shrink down to the right size once you toast them, and, if they don't, blame it on somepony else.


Now, for some butterfly extras. I get butterfly junk all the time, often without even trying, so these were easy to scrounge up.

First is a sheet of temporary tattoos. We've got hearts, ladybugs, stars, flowers, and, of course, butterflies. I don't have any real tattoos and I don't wear temporary ones either. You see, this is what separates an amateur hoarder from a professional, you've got to accumulate, and refuse to part with, things that you have absolutely no use for!

Next is one of the many tomes of Disney Fairies literature that you can get, namely 2007's "Prilla and the Butterfly Lie". This was written by Kitty Richards and is beautifully illustrated by Denise Shimabukuro. Prilla is special in that she's the only "mainland-visiting clapping-talent" fairy; it's her job to instantly teleport to the human mainland to make appearances which keeps people's belief in fairies alive; if people stop believing in them, fairies die (which is kind of heavy subject matter for a children's book). Unfortunately, Prilla has a problem, she can't say "no" to other fairies when they ask for her help, even when she detests the tasks, so, she's always helping others when she'd really rather be doing her own job. As such, after some meddling from the rotten fairy Vidia, she tells a little lie, that she's really into butterflies, to escape having to help shear fuzzy caterpillars again. Well, all the butterfly-herding fairies come down with Fairy Pox, and Prilla, due to her "confession" of love for butterflies, gets volunteered to take over for their duties while they're ill, and, having no knowledge whatsoever about butterfly herding, Prilla quickly gets into trouble (despite their innocent appearance, butterflies in Neverland are kind of nasty pranksters).

And here's a toy Green Swallowtail (which is helpfully labeled on its right wing). No copyright data on it though, so, I don't know what it's from, but, I'd guess some kind of science-themed toy set, possibly in combination with a book.

A pair of plastic butterfly rings. I have more, but these two are the nicest-looking samples currently in my collection, and I particularly like the cut-out wing sections on the hot pink one. They're kids' rings of course, and likely cupcake toppers, as such, they barely fit on my fingers (I can't even get the pink one over the second knuckles on my pinkies!)

If you thought I wasn't going to find a way to squeeze My Little Ponies in here somewhere, you don't know me very well! The pegasus Fluttershy's name is a pun on butterfly, and she sports three pink butterflies as her cutie mark, so, even though she's not an insect, she totally counts! Here's a 10" Funrise plush Fluttershy, a smaller brushable Hasbro Fluttershy (given the gem-shaped highlights in her eyes and unruly tinsel in her mane, she's probably from the Crystal Empire assortment), and an even smaller 2016 McDonald's Fluttershy (with color-changing tail). It's a sad state of affairs, but McDonald's honestly makes more accurate-looking MLP toys than Hasbro does, at a fraction of the cost! Me acquiring too many Fluttershies makes Rainbow Dash nervous, but she'll never admit it.

Speaking of Rainbow Dash, while it has nothing to do with butterflies, I also recently got this, a My Little Pony: Pop Zecora (the zebra) with Rainbow Dash's mane and tail attached to her, whom I have lovingly dubbed "Imposter Dash". (To add injury to insult, when I fished Zecora out of the bag of toys that I bought, Rainbow Dash's mane was mistakenly attached to Zecora's posterior, and her tail to her head, but Rainbow refused to let me shoot a photo of that because she couldn't live with the indignity if I did.)

I also got a small My Little Pony handbag in the same random bag of girls' toys that contained Imposter Dash. Ignoring the MLP logo, the color/design actually suggests Strawberry Shortcake more to me though. It's important for your ponies to travel in style when you're going out on a play date or something . . .

 on: July 17, 2017 12:57:42 PM 
Started by Patraw - Last post by Patraw

I "fake-joined" the "Bird Bee Butterfly" Swap at Craftster, which simply means that, while you still have to follow the rules for said event, instead of actually exchanging the item(s) that you made with another member, you're creating them for yourself. The object of said swap was to create three items, one focusing on each of the three critter types named in the swap's title.

For my bird project, I decided to make a "Skeleton Duck" enemy monster from Capcom's classic 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game DuckTales (it was also ported to the original black-and-white Gameboy in 1990), which was based on the hit Disney cartoon show of the same name. A hi-definition, remastered version of said title was also released for the PC, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii U in 2013.

In the game, billionaire Uncle Scrooge McDuck travels the world (The Amazon, The Himalayas, Transylvania, African Mines, and even the Moon!) collecting even more riches to line his already super deep pockets (the Japanese adaptation was re-named Naughty Duck's Dream Adventures which is much more descriptive of that greedy old bird's activities if you ask me!) And, naturally, Scrooge's many enemies, including The Beagle Boys, Magica DeSpell, and Flintheart Glomgold, try to thwart Scrooge's efforts to maintain his status as the richest duck in the world.

Only found in the Transylvania stage, Skeleton Ducks mindlessly scamper about the rooms and corridors of Dracula Duck's crumbling castle. None too smart (their brains rotted away a long time ago after all), Skeleton Ducks frequently collide with walls, and other solid structures, and those impacts cause them to fall apart into a pile of bones, but that's only a temporary setback, as they soon magically reassemble themselves and give chase once again. Like most of the enemies in the DuckTales video game, Scrooge can easily dispatch them with a single blow from his versatile pogo cane, so, these bony adversaries aren't much of a threat to the rich old bird, who's surprisingly agile for a geriatric fowl. I'm sure he'd tell us that the pursuit of money always makes him feel and move like a spry duckling again . . .

Here's a closer look at the Skeleton Duck game sprite, without the background graphics, that I animated. The poor thing can't seem to keep it together:

Following are some photos of the papier mache modeling process I used to create this action figure:

And this is the completed model:

Newsprint, tissue paper, cardboard from a box of cereal, wire twist ties, white glue, and acrylic paint.

5.1 cm (2.0") wide x 6.0 cm (2.4") tall.
(*Please note that the numbers given can vary a bit, depending on how the figure's joints are positioned.)

Neck, ribs, vertebrae column, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hips.

Three days: July 4th, 7th, and 9th, 2017.

 on: July 17, 2017 12:45:39 PM 
Started by Patraw - Last post by Patraw
I "fake-joined" the "Bird Bee Butterfly" Swap at Craftster, which simply means that, while you still have to follow the rules for said event, instead of actually exchanging the item(s) that you made with another member, you're creating them for yourself. The object of said swap was to create three items, one focusing on each of the three critter types named in the swap's title.

For my bee project, I decided to paint/draw a "Queen Bee" enemy monster from Vic Tokai's 1995 Super Famicom ("Family + Computer", the original Japanese name for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System) video game Princess Minerva [other versions are also available on the PC-98 computer (1992) and PC Engine CD console (1994); however, none of said variations were ever released outside of Japan].

The titular character, Minerva, not content with the "normal" boring life of a princess, sets out on an epic adventure, with her entourage of eight friends in tow, to save the land from the forces of evil. Princess Minerva is equal parts pro-feminist and cheesecake, as the vast majority of the characters in the game are female, including all nine of the protagonists you control, as well as most of the "monsters" you fight, but they also tend to be scantily-clad or topless/naked.

In the screenshot above, "Kui-n Bi-" is the Japanese katakana phonetic equivalent of the English "Queen Bee", and the player characters surrounded by the quartet of Queen Bees are three of Princess Minerva's comrades, Blue Morris (center), Tyrolia (left), and Elan (right) ["Buru- Morisu", "Chiroria", and "Eran", in Japanese katakana, respectively].

I was going to make a 3-dimensional figurine of the Queen Bee, but I ran out of time (and ambition), so, I just painted/drew her instead, using a photograph of a real woman, from an issue of Vogue, as my still-life reference model (obviously, I added the wings, stinger, etc., as she certainly didn't have those!) The actual illustration faces left, but I decided I liked the Queen Bee better facing right, so I horizontally mirrored the image in an art program.

Acrylic paint, graphite/colored pencil, and ink, on white paper.

10.0 cm (3.9") wide x 17.0 cm (6.7") tall.

One morning on July 10th, 2017.
(A day past my deadline--don't tell anybody!)

This isn't really relevant, but, I'll stick it here anyway. It's just a quick portrait of a woman, that I did completely in permanent marker, which was the last thing that I drew prior to the Queen Bee:

Now, for some bee extras. In my experience, bee stuff is a bit harder to come by than birds and butterflies, probably because people tend to not like things that can harm them, which makes them presumably less popular subject matter for merchandising (well, birds can hurt you too, as anyone who's ever been pecked or nipped can tell you, but they rarely do that, so, for most individuals, the worst you have to fear from a bird is perhaps having some bird poop dropped on you or your car).

First off is a 2012 Bakery Crafts bee ring. This likely originated as a cupcake decoration and was obviously intended for children (it only fits all the way down on my pinky fingers, I can't even get it past the second knuckles on either of my ring fingers!)

Next are a pair of Bumblebee dolls from Mattel/McDonald's 2016 DC Superhero Girls collaboration (why don't they just call them Superheroines?). While it looks like they'd swivel, their left arms are permanently raised in the air, which is kind of annoying, and something that Mattel has been doing for a while now with their fast food dolls, especially Barbie. I've also got a couple of Katanas and Supergirl, but I still need to get a Wonder Woman and Batgirl to complete this assortment.

Speaking of Barbie, here's her 2013 "A Boo-tiful Halloween!" storybook (not to be confused with "booty-ful" Cheesy). This is relevant because one of her younger sisters, Stacie, dresses up as a bumblebee, which Barbie describes as "bee-utiful", of course. And Barbie couldn't decide if she wanted to be a bat or a ballerina so she decided to combine the two and become a "baterina" which is kind of clever. Even better, various elements on the pages glow-in-the-dark and two sheets of glow-in-the-dark stickers are also included. It's Halloween in July, y'all!

If you prefer more scientific literature, here's the 1997 "Insects and other Invertebrates" volume of "Wonderful World of Animals". Bees are addressed in the chapter on communication, and their "bee dancing" in particular. This book is okay, but it's intended for younger readers, so, it's pretty general in scope and doesn't contain enough in-depth information for my tastes, but budding scientists gotta start somewhere.

Lastly here's a simple, rubbery bee toy figurine. There's no copyright information molded on its body, so, I have absolutely no idea where it came from, who made it, or when it was manufactured. It may just be a cheap prize from one of those vending machine things. It's cute, but I wish it had some antennae.

 on: July 17, 2017 12:06:22 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Mistress Jennie

The Summer Quidditch Match is now open!  Be sure to check out the all the Matches over at the Quidditch Pitch.  
"Now I want a nice, clean game.  From everyone."

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